Showing posts from May, 2010

Heysel: 29/05/1985

The Kop creates a mosaic spelling "friendship" in Italian...
On a day that should never be forgotten by Liverpool supporters, it is of utmost importance that we pay our respects to the 39 football fans that lost their lives and give our thoughts to the 600+ that were injured at that fateful final in 1985.
When Liverpool fans had objected to the choice of stadium for the European Cup final beforehand, due to several reasons, two of which were big concerns, firstly the stadium visibly appeared to be crumbling in sections and this raised questions on the safety of the structure, not only this but fans were worried that there had been a neutral section allocated, supposed to be for Belgian football fans (final was held in Brussels) but it didn't take a brain surgeon to realise that both Juventus fans and Liverpool fans would be able to buy tickets for the neutral area from touts meaning that the area would be mixed.
As tempers frayed and banter turned nasty both sets of fans tu…

Marks Out Of Ten?

It was an interesting campaign this season, injuries played a bigger part than we had hoped, sometimes forcing players out of their positions. The lack of fitness also gave faces like David N'Gog, Daniel Pacheco and SotiriosKyrgiakos the opportunity to shine, so in the 2009/2010 season, how do we think the lads did?

(Ratings for players who didn't really get a seasons worth of games will be based on their few performances.)

Pepe Reina

A superb season for the Spaniard between the sticks who was unfortunate to be part of a team who finished 7th in the league. After all his hard work Reina picked up the golden gloves award and shared it with Chelsea keeper Petr Cech after they both managed to keep 17 clean sheets in the league. Reina was ever present with his passion for the club and fans constantly on show along with several world class saves. His moment of weakness when he decided to follow the beach ball instead of the football blatantly pushed aside by his hard grafting performa…

Season Review... Pocket Sized.

So with the 09/10 campaign over and done with... thankfully so. Let's look back at Liverpool's season and some of the news articles that accompanied the times.

July/Early August 2009

After Rafa completed the signings of England international Glen Johnson, Italian Alberto Aquilani and the big Greek Sotirios Kyrgiakos at the end of the summer transfer window and we waved goodbye to the likes of Sami Hyypia, Alvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso to name a few, we started off the footballing season with some good old friendlies.

Little did Liverpool know that the coming results would pretty much spell out the season at the time. First came a 0-0 draw with St.Gallen then a loss to Rapid Vienna (1-0), followed by a draw with Thailand (1-1).

To finish their Far East tour in style Liverpool did manage to beat Singapore 5-0.

To end our pre-season friendlies we lost to Espanyol, beat SFK Lyn and unfortunately lost at home to Atletico Madrid (2-1) - a result that would later come back to haunt us i…

Liverpool End 09/10 Season With A Draw

My player of the season for Liverpool...
It wasn't a superb end to the campaign nor was it necessarily entertaining and although it was disappointing, it just didn't seem relevant in the midst of the managerial uncertainty and financial situation currently faced by the football club we all hold so dear.
There were some positives to highlight but whist Chelsea were banging in 8 against Wigan and United still managed to net 4 against Stoke despite the fact they missed out on the title, it was another example pointing out the ever increasing gap between Liverpool and the current battle-axes at the top of the table.
Going into the game Liverpool were already aware that the best possible finish in sight was 6th, this was also providing that the Aston Villa result went their way, with that in mind, the lads had that and the prospect of finishing on a high note as the incentives.
It was a decent first half from Liverpool with some lively play and a few attempts at goal. Notable efforts …

Can Iain Dowie End Hull's Season On A High?

Whatever Benitez's future holds, i wish him all the best...
With both teams faced with little more incentive than pride for tomorrow's fixture in Humberside it is a hard one to predict. Liverpool do have the slight hope that they could finish the season in 6th should Aston Villa falter against Blackburn but that is quite simply all we have going.
With all the speculation around the manager at the moment and after yesterday's attempts by forum members and Twitterers alike to show their support for Mr. Rafael Benitez, it could be the last time we see the Spaniard in charge of our Liverpool side. Not only this but after financial records were released, also yesterday, it is quite clear the state that Liverpool football club is in and the need for new owners/investment is becoming evermore apparent.
The summer should be an interesting and nervy time for all who are involved at Liverpool football club. Mr. Broughton is not expecting it to be easy to find a suitable buyer in such a…

Liverpool Fail To Beat Chelsea In Last Home Game Of The Season

The only plus side to yesterday's result was how grumpy Fergie was...
The conspiracy theories were out yesterday and in full force after Liverpool lost 2-0 to Chelsea. With Steven Gerrard effectively setting up Didier Drogba with a poorly judged back pass to Pepe Reina and iron man Jamie Carragher insisting that he could not go on, the folks in Manchester were adamant that we had rolled over for the London side.
Just the typical characteristics of a Manchester United fan though isn't it that? Thinking we did it to spite them?
Fact is we just weren't good enough, not many people thought we would be able to do it anyway and with the minimal pressure on the Chelsea goal it was never going to be Liverpool's day.
Liverpool's only shot on target came courtesy of Dutchman Dirk Kuyt but it was the Aquilani screamer that almost had everyone jumping out of their seats.
A great speculative effort from outside the box from the Italian which clipped the top of the bar as the Chelsea…

Beat The Blues

Anelka scored against us earlier in the season...
Liverpool are well in need of a remedy to fix the blues after being knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday. A win would at least restore some pride even though the lads should not be ashamed of their fantastic efforts against Atletico Madrid.
This fixture of course poses quite an interesting series of possible events depending on the outcome.
Firstly, and most importantly, a win would keep Liverpool in touch with fading hopes of 4th place, anything less and we kiss that chance goodbye.
Secondly, and quite worryingly more important to some fans is the fact that should Liverpool lose, they will probably end up handing the title to bitter rivals Manchester United. Not only this but it would mean that the Red Devils would finally overtake Liverpool's long standing record of 18 league titles.
As gutting as it is to even think about the amount of gloating and stick we will all have to put up with if they manage to do it, i still think i…